First post and in need of some guidance. I, like many attempted my Wk6R3. I was utterly gutted I had to stop just after 21 minutes,my calves were burning so I paused everything, stretched and then carried on and completed the run and then the cool down. When I did the 20 minute run I finally felt everything was clicking into place but today I felt awkward, in pain and boy was it hot. ( run on treadmill in my garage)

I used to be smoke from the age of 14 & I stopped 3 years ago and vowed once I kicked that habit I would work on the rest. I'm 45, overweight and feeling extremely low today. Any advice would be so welcome right now


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  • Hi dolphin. Don't be too hard on yourself. Just look at how far you have come, you are have almost completed week six and I bet before you started C25K you wouldn't have dreamt you would get this far. Week six is notorious for catching people unawares. The third run is quite difficult but I'm sure you'll get there before too much longer.

    Take a couple of days rest and either reattempt run three or do Run 2 again just to build up your stamina and strength etc Please do not give up at this point, as I said, you have come so far already. Let us know how you get on and good luck.

  • Thanks Paul. It helps knowing others have gone through it but at the time you can't see the wood for the trees. And yes I would never have envisaged the words " I'm going for a run" out of my mouth - ever

    Thank you

  • You're welcome ;)

  • Hi Dolphin. Don't worry, w6 is absolutely notorious!! People always think w5r3 is the toughie but personally I found w6 much harder. Don't lose heart, just give it another go after a couple of days rest. It's hot today which won't have helped. Just go a bit slower this time. Who cares if you're going extra extra extra slow, as long as you're still moving. Congratulations on getting this far and good luck for the re-run :)

  • Thank you Ancient mum. I will defo redo today in a couple of days - watch this space.

    Thanks for the support - it means alot

  • You are doing great Dolphin! 21 minutes running is 21 minutes not sitting on the couch! It was very hot today and that probably didn't help you. Just get back to it after a rest, take it easy and I am sure you will be fine. You have stopped smoking too- that's another achievement so just stick with the programme, week six is tough but think how far you have come already x

  • Thank you no excuse. You are right and I just have to put today down heat exhaustion. Roll on Tuesday

  • 21 minutes running in this heat is no mean feat. Enjoy your rest day and give it another go on Tuesday, if you know its going to be hot and you're in a treadmill in your garage maybe have a wet towel or similar to hand to cool yourself down. You have no reason to feel low, just put it down to experience. Good luck with your next run.

  • Hey Dolphin - don't fret. Week 6 Is notoriously tricky and it's been very hot today - really important to be well hydrated. Sometimes we all just have bad runs - no need to be down hearted. It will probably be fine next time. Keep the pace down and concentrate on just completing the time. I'm sure you'll be fine. Good Luck!

  • Thank you everyone - for taking the time to read and respond with such sincerity, positivity, helpful tips and support - I'm genuinely touched

    Thank you thank you


  • Week 6 is a tricky old week and you need to stop being so hard on yourself - you stopped after "only" 21 minutes? Wow... I bet you struggled to run the first 60 SECONDS when you started the programme... We all have days where our runs aren't all we plan them to be - maybe we're tired, maybe our legs ache too much or just maybe today wasn't the day... I'll tell you what you did do today - you ran for 21 minutes... and that is awesome...

    Notch this one down to being a "not as good a run as I would have liked" day, take a rest day and try again... There's no stopping you now... :)

    Happy running!

  • Hi, we all have bad days...and I've had my fair share of them!!!!

    After a bad run, I always take an extra day off to make sure the legs will make it next time.

    It seems to works for me.

    Best of luck for next run.

  • 2nd attempt tomorrow before 6am



  • Wahoo!! I did it and it felt amazing finishing. I went slow and focused

    Thank you everybody for all the support - you guys rock!


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